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Hills Without Names

Hills Without Names

After many years the Wanderer returns to his land to hear the Voice again which can be heard only there.

Language
  • Azerbaijani
Runtime
90
Production Year
2018
Film Type
Feature
Production Countries
  • Azerbaijan
Casts
Orkhan Iskandarli, Nigar Isayeva, Huseyn Nasirov, Aynura Mammadova
Production Company
Ucqar Film
Premier Status
Asian Premiere
Festivals / Awards
  • 2018: Montreal World Film Festival, Canada
  • 2018: FilmFestival Cottbus, Germany

Crew List

Director
Hilal Baydarov
Screenwriter
Hilal Baydarov
DOP / Camera
Hilal Baydarov
Editor
Hilal Baydarov
Music
Kamran Mammadov
Music
Narmin Hasanova
Sound
Hilal Baydarov
Production Designer
Shams Aziz
Producer
Elshan Abbasov

Director/s

Hilal Baydarov
Hilal Baydarov
Profile

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Film Critic

Overdoing the Poetic Cinema

Houshang Golmakani
Houshang Golmakani

If in 70s and 80s turkish cinema was defined by a strong tendency toward social subject matter (the recurring theme of conflict between tradition and modernity) and a politically charged and critical tone, now we would say perhaps in last two decades, turkey has obsessed with poetic cinema and the true representative of this generation of young filmmakers is clearly, Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Hilal Baydarov, the 32 years old director imbued his debut feature with an element of poetry. A young man goes back to his hometown to hear the voices that can only be heard over there. This familiar yet abstract plotline, has even a more abstract quality in development and performance . Long static takes from snowy sceneries represents a strong contrast with interior scenes, as if they come from two different aesthetic tastes, therefore indicating a sense of lack of skill on its director’s part. Film is infused with explicit voice-over monologues. Even dialogues are more like a monologue, since there is not a sense of being heard of even getting any response. The visual style could remind you of Ceylan’s cinema, but it is another fact that will accurately describe the nihilistic sense of “Hills Without Names”: Hilal Baydarov studied cinema in Sarajevo film school and was one of Bela Tarr students.


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